Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.

Theodore Roosevelt, The Strenuous Life

By , on December 23, 2012

Opinion


The past week or so has been tough. We had the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. This was followed by numerous unverified and incorrect news reports, such as Adam Lanza being let into the school by the principal and his mother being a teacher at the school. The press hit us with reports from the gun control advocates and did not challenge their errors or balance the views they expressed. Public television’s Newshour invited Dianne Feinstein to speak at length, and followed her presentation with a panel of three, only one of whom thought that an assault weapons ban will not work. And Dianne Feinstein pulled out all the stops, referring to semiautomatic firearms as automatic, referring to magazines as clips, and stating that semiautomatic firearms were only meant to kill and had no legitimate use in our society, sporting or otherwise. Then, later in the week, we had a thorough bashing of Wayne LaPierre of the NRA by many who neither listened to his speech nor bothered to read his transcript. Mr. LaPierre was vilified by Mayor Bloomberg for his complete misunderstanding of the problem of violence, yet it is Mr. Bloomberg who advocates that we pass laws that violate our Constitution. Bloomberg is the chief executive of New York City, where it costs a citizen over $400 per year for a license to own a pistol. That is how NYC abides by the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court that recognizes the 2d Amendment grants New Yorkers the right to keep pistols in their homes.

It is indeed ironic that we have to live with a press that is biased, whose reports are erroneous, who report with an orientation of advocacy and not education or care with the facts, all of which is protected by the 1st Amendment to the Constitution, and in doing so they are in full frontal attack of the 2d Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.



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